Oral Answers to Questions — Local Authorities (Scrap Metal Dumps).

– in the House of Commons on 15th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that some local authorities have their storage premises congested with dumps of metal waste, in some instances amounting to hundreds of tons; and has he any suggestions for the prompt removal of such salvage?

Mr. Smith:

The corresponding figures for last year show that 481 were killed and the number seriously injured was 1,469. With regard to accidents from falls of ground at the coal face, the figure for last year was 243 and this year it is 185. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in deaths from explosions as compared with last year.

Mr. Griffiths:

Will the Parliamentary Secretary issue those figures that I see in his hand so that we can have them in the OFFICIAL REPORT to-morrow?

Mr. Smith:

Certainly, Sir, I will consider circulating them in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following are the figures:

Photo of Mr Ralph Assheton Mr Ralph Assheton , Rushcliffe

I understand that, generally, local authorities have not excessive stocks. There have been one or two cases of difficulty, and those, so far as I know, have been dealt with. If the hon. Member will be good enough to let me know of any cases still outstanding, I will at once see that the matter is attended to.

Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

Is it not a fact that this matter is very much in the hands of the trade itself, which allows stocks to accumulate in order that it may get knock-out paces?

Photo of Mr Ralph Assheton Mr Ralph Assheton , Rushcliffe

I have not heard any suggestion of that.